Upper Abdominal and Renal Ultrasound

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					                                                  Upper Abdominal and Renal
                                                            Patient Information Sheet No. US 2

Your appointment:                What is an Abdominal Ultrasound Scan?
                                 Ultrasound scans are an effective way of assessing a number of the organs in the
Date: ………………                     abdomen. High-resolution images of the liver, spleen, kidneys, gall bladder,
                                 pancreas and urinary bladder are attainable.
Time: ………………
                                 Since ultrasound does not involve radiation and is non-invasive it is commonly
Location:                        employed as the initial imaging investigation for abdominal pain and other
                                 abdominal symptoms. Not all causes of pain are identifiable on the ultrasound and
……………………………                      further investigations may be requested.
Please see our website or the
back of this form for more       What preparation is required?
branch details
                                             Upper Abdominal Ultrasound- You must have nothing to eat for 6 hours
                                             before your examination. A small amount of water may be taken.
Duration of Examination:
Upper abdominal
                                             Renal Ultrasound- You will need to finish drinking 1 litre of water-based
ultrasound examinations
                                             fluid 1 hour before your appointment so you arrive with a full bladder. Try
usually take 15-30
                                             not to empty your bladder. If you get to a point where you are very
minutes. This may vary
                                             uncomfortable you may partially empty the bladder but try to retain as
according to the reason for
                                             much urine as is possible so that the scan can still be performed. If your
the examination.
                                             bladder is not sufficiently full, this may delay the scan or cause the scan
Please bring with you:                       to be rebooked.
      Your request form
      All previous relevant      What will happen during the examination?
      imaging                    You may be asked to change into a gown and possibly remove jewellery.
      Medicare and any
      Healthcare cards           You will lie on an examination table and the sonographer, who will perform your
                                 scan, will apply ultrasound gel to your abdomen. This allows for good contact
Payment on the day of            between the skin and the ultrasound transducer. For each abdominal organ, there
the examination is               are routine images that will be performed. There may be times when the
requested.                       sonographer scans an area of your abdomen where you are not tender. This is to
                                 build up a complete picture of the abdomen and look for causes of referred pain.
For more information on
this procedure please call       Where a renal scan is requested, we usually look at the urinary bladder first. This
one of our branches.             means that if you have a full bladder you should be able to empty the bladder just
                                 a few minutes after the scan begins.
For more information
regarding Benson                 When the sonographer has completed the scan, they will discuss the imaging with
Radiology please visit:          the radiologist (specialist medical imaging doctor).
                                 Are there any risks?
                                 Ultrasound scans utilise high-frequency sound waves (mechanical vibrations)
                                 when producing images. No ionising radiation is used. Ultrasound has been used
                                 in medicine since the 1950’s and there have been no confirmed adverse effects
                                 attributed to diagnostic ultrasound exposure in this time.

                                 After the examination
                                 The images will be reviewed and reported by our radiologist. This can take up to
                                 90 minutes. For your convenience, we can generally deliver the imaging and
                                 report to your doctor by the next working day. Alternatively, your doctor may
                                 request that you wait or return later to collect the imaging and report.

                                    It is important that you understand why and how we will be assisting
                                    you. If you have any questions, please call one of our branches or
                                    speak to our staff on the day of your visit.

                                Doc PIS – US2 Upper Abdo and Renal U/S Pt Info. Author FA (M Manager), Approved by KG (Q Manager), Vers 1 Effective 01/08/08

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